Art Practice

Academic Qualification

Master of Fine Art (Research) RMIT University 2014-2018
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) Australia Institute of Education & Training 2016
Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies James Cook University 1995
Graduate Diploma of Education Melbourne University 1992          Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art Monash University 1988-1990

Professional Experience

Artist in residence Barossa Regional Gallery Nov 2023

Artist in residence Manyung Gallery Group, April 2022.

Senior Advisor, Learning & Teaching RMIT University, 2017 - 2020

Deputy Head of School RMIT University, School of Art, 2014 - 2017

Program Manager RMIT University, School of Art, 2010 - 2014

Educator Developer GOTAFE 2008 - 2010

Course Coordinator GOTAFE 2003 - 2008

Selected Solo Exhibition

Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney, 2022                                  

Manyung Gallery, Strathmore, 2022

Site Eight, RMIT University 2018

Anita Traynor Fine Art Consultancy and Gallery 2017

Victoria Gallery 2006

Artistry Galleries 2005

Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne 2003

Wangaratta Exhibition Gallery 1999

The Australian Embassy, KOREA 1998

Vagabonds Cafe, Brisbane 1998

University of Southern Queensland 1997

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery 1997

No Vacancies, City of Melbourne, 1994

Selected Group Exhibitions

Nest, Brenda Colahan Fine Art Sydney 2023                          

Affordable Art Fair with Manyung Gallery, Melbourne 2022, 2023

Affordable Art Fair with Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney 2022, 2023 

Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney 2018-2022                          

Manyung Gallery Group 2018-2022                                        

Levee Art Gallery, Maitland NSW, 2019-2021                          

Incognito Art Exhibition, Sydney 2021                                  

Manyung Gallery, Flinders Gallery, Belinda Wilson & Colleen Guiney 2019 

Manyung Gallery, Sorrento Gallery, Belinda Wilson & Tanya Wales 2019 

The Other Art Fair (TOAF) Sydney 2018, 2019, 2021              

20/20 Vision; 20 years - 20 women Brenda Colahan, Sydney 2018 

Selections from the Higher Degree by Research, Project Space / Spare Room RMIT University 2018                            

Artists on the Move, Anita Traynor Fine Art/Kinross Arts Centre,  2016 

Print Exchange RMIT University School of Art  2014-2017      

The Muse Gallery, Milawa/Beechworth 2008 -2015              

Agora Gallery, New York, USA 2010                                

Victoria Gallery, Melbourne 2006-2007                                  

Artistry Galleries, Melbourne 2003-2005                            

Wangaratta Exhibition Gallery 2003                                     

Shepparton Art Gallery 2002                                                  

Cellar Door Gallery, Mitchelton Winery, 2002                          

Qantas Lounges in conjunction with Wall Street Exchange 2000-2002 

Regional Arts Victoria - Our Nation on Parade, Centenary of Federation - artists Belinda Wilson and Helen Brook 2000    

Il Min Museum, KOREA 2000                                                 

Goethe Institute, Beijing CHINA 1999

Grants, Prizes and Awards

Barossa Valley Regional Gallery-Artist in Residency Nov-Dec 2023 

Banyule Award for Works on Paper Finalist 2023                        

Luxembourg Art Prize - Certificate of Artistic Excellence 2019 - 2022 

Omnia Art Prize Finalist 2022, 2023                                      

Maritime Art Prize Finalist 2007, 2020                                            

Collab with Gorman Finalist 2020                                                     

Art Olympia International Competition, Tokyo Honourable Mention 2019  

St Kevin's Art Prize Finalist 2017                                                 

Vocational Education Innovation Fund, RMIT University Recipient 2015 

Strategic Leadership Award, RMIT University - Certificate of Leadership Excellence 2014                                                  

Sally Leavold Award, RMIT- Certificate of Leadership Excellence 2013      

Head of School Acknowledgement Award, RMIT University 2013 

Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award, RMIT University 2012 

Prometheus Visual Art Award Finalist 2009                          

Cryptozoology Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Finalist 2008      

Regional Arts Victoria Grant Recipient 2000                                    

Australia Korean Foundation Grant Recipient 1999